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    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    Community was underwhelming for a second there (musical number aside), but this week was back to crazy form.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    The last shot in yesterday's Community was almost shocking. Iris close-up of the unwelcome lab partner guy, crying after hearing the regular crowd talking shit about him. Bastards.
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    How riveting was the confrontation between Jesse and Walt on Breaking Bad last week?? The scene at the end where
    Walt tries to kill Gus with a car bomb
    was just perfect. Salivating for the finale this weekend.
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    If John Noble doesn't win Bast Actor next year, we, as a community, need to come together and firebomb the Emmy Awards until they die. That is all.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011 edited
    The Onion's AV Club has a great interview with Giancarlo Esposito -- the guy who plays Gus -- this week. He seems to be one INTENSE actor. Almost scary in his dedication to the role.,62959/

    Edit: I'm watching the season opener to HOUSE. How the hell did the doc end up in prison? Well, the parole board does mention the crime, but apparently I missed some serious stuff at the end of last season. In any case, Laurie is superb as a guy coping with prison but not dealing well with opiate withdrawl.
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2011
    There's been a couple of posts of folks asking about RINGER. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nestor "Batmanuel" Carbonell are in it so I thought I'd have a look.

    Turns out I took one for the team.

    Oh dear, where to begin? The entire premise of the show is so weak (dramatically and conceptually) that there is no way that it could ever sustain itself (even being very generous with suspension of disbelief) with anything close to believability or dignity over any length of time. It couldn't even manage 42 minutes. The script was "so hackneyed it would make Stan Lee blush". The pacing lacked energy, the characters were all (without exception) unlikeable and therefore, uninteresting, and the dialogue was, quite frankly, embarrassing.

    It is a perfect example of something Russell T. Davies once pointed out in that all of the dramatic tension, the character interactions, the whole show relies on one single fact being concealed (rather poorly) that could easily be cleared up with a simple conversation, heated or otherwise. In the case of Ringer, it would be a very short conversation.

    In the first episode we have: [I'll hide it just in case]

    Down and out drunk and key witness in tomorrow's big mob trial, runs away from U.S Marshall minders (for some reason) to estranged rich bitch twin sister (for some reason). After not talking about long dead brother (which poor sis blames herself for) Rich sis (for some reason) "commits suicide". Poor sis does the only logical thing, assumes her "dead" twin's identity (for some reason) discovering rich sis was in a loveless marriage, having an affair with her best friend's (no reason these two would be friends) husband and pregnant. Who's the daddy? Throw in teenage stepdaughter, AA meetings, being fake pregnant, the cops, the mob, and shooting a masked assailant before the "surprise" ending: Rich sis faked her death (for some reason) and is actively plotting against poor sis! ... (for some reason)!

    It's like Bold and the Beautiful meets Parent Trap (which isn't as fun as it sounds) and I look forward to never watching it again.

    On the plus side: CASTLE, QI, MOCK THE WEEK and SUPERNATURAL are back, and BONES is on its way. CHUCK and FRINGE will need to do something in their first few episodes to avoid disappearing into uninteresting repetition, but odds are they'll manage it. Oh! And if you like a good old American family drama (estranged dad and all), CG dinosaurs, frontier living, sinister mysteries beyond the fence, and that grizzled military guy from AVATAR (and who doesn't?) then, boy howdy, is TERRA NOVA the show for you! [my hope is you'll pick up on the sarcasm in that last bit]
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    This week's South Park puts Terra Nova in its place in about 20 seconds...

    Also, BBC's Year Of Conspiracy Shows continues with Hidden. Philip Glennister as a sleazy lawyer with a mob past pulled into a case involving his supposedly dead brother, set against a background of political chaos and riots in London. Maybe a little on-the-nose, but The Man Who Was Gene Hunt brings his considerable charisma, along with the lovely Thekla Reuten from In Bruges.
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    @Cat Vincent

    "Jurassic Park and Lost in the same TV show. Dinosaurs! Lost humans! Future! Yeah!"
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    *spews feces*
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    So how's Alphas, since apparently we'll be getting it in the UK from the 18th?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    @Oxbrow: Not bad! The characters have powers, but they're fairly reasonable. We're not talking superheroes.

    There's a good mix of episode-by-episode action and continuing story arc.
    • CommentAuthorSantos
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    I really enjoyed Alphas myself. Are you guys having new episodes of Misfits yet? I think that is my new favorite show.
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011
    I was pretty sure I was going to drop American Horror Story, but this timeline web-tour of the house is going a long way toward changing my mind.
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2011 edited
    So far I think my favorite new show this season is Homeland. Nice mix of espionage and paranoia. Quite fun and intriguing, plus a hell of a cast.
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
    The new season of Sons of Anarchy has started really strong. Its a better show when they focus on the internal politics of the club. I didn't like last season's Ireland storyline, so I'm happy that they are back in Charming.

    The new Federal investigator is really creepy with almost a Twin Peaks vibe about him. David Hasselhoff as a porn star turned porn director seemed predestined.

    I just finished Sherlock. Late to the party, I know, but that was amazing television! I haven't been excited about a show in a while.

    As much as I love tv, I'm experimenting with cutting back to 2-3 hours per week. They'll be few DVD/Netflix exceptions, but for this Fall I'm only going to try and watch Sons, Fringe, and Raising Hope. Let's see if it lasts.
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
    The season finale of Breaking Bad was called Face Off.

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    My jaw dropped, and I literally just stared at the TV in shock for at least a full minute.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    You weren't the only one whose jaw was dropping. :D
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    Thank you for hiding the spoilers. I'll be watching tonight.
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    I just caught it on download this morning. Killer finish to the season, with the reveal at the very end demonstrating just how much of a ruthless criminal Walt has become. As for the climactic showdown with Gus, it was the most effectively horrifying thing I've seen on TV.